From the monthly archives:

October 2012

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“I can tell you, after having served for 30 years and having seen the worst conditions around the world, that this is a wonderful country, and it is because of our culture, our openness and the generosity of people like this, that I am able to serve and know it is appreciated. I look forward [...]

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Audience Participation – Reflections on acting in Cock

by Amanda Quaid October 24, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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M You take it out that’s what you do you take it out first otherwise what’s the point? John alright M It’s not alright it’s a Don’t Don’t you dare, put it down first put it down John I can’t. I can’t. Not when you’re. M I’m John OH! So begins Mike Bartlett’s four character [...]

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Fulbright Stories:Emily Mendelsohn

by Jake Lasser October 23, 2012 Global Citizenship
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(Photo by Emily Mendelsohn. Pictured:  COOKING OIL workshop at Ishyo Art Center, Kigali, Rwanda, August 2011. ) The main goal of TCG’s Fulbright Stories is to dispel the common myth that the Fulbright Program exists only for scholars. On the contrary, the Fulbright program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offers opportunities to artists [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Legacy of Leadership Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 22, 2012 Weekly Update
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Forging connections, creating an equitable future, building livable communities and providing effective leadership; these were the key themes of the 2012 Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) Conference in Miami. As a grant-maker, TCG is an active member of GIA, and last week I had the good fortune of presenting in two different sessions. The first [...]

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Pretty in Pizza

by AmeliaParenteau October 19, 2012 Activism
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The personal is political. A well-known rallying cry from the Second Wave American feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s, those words were ringing in my ears in a higher pitch after a striking theatre experience this past weekend. How have we changed, from now to then, when those words were first pronounced? Do contemporary [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Abraham J. Amkpa

by Marcy Arlin October 17, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) What do you love about theatre in the U.S. for yourself and in general? I love theatre because it gives me the opportunity to flex a different kind of acting muscle. I love live performance because it bends and morphs reality in the [...]

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Go Small or Go Home

by Diep Tran October 16, 2012 American Theatre magazine
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Last Saturday, I was at church. No, I did not just suddenly find God (unless that God is at the bottom of a banana pudding cup). I was at the theatre, the performing arts lover’s version of church, which was located in the basement of a church. And I was watching a very secular musical [...]

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TCG/American Express Leadership Boot Camp Round-Up

by Chris Shuff October 15, 2012 Events
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Follow-Up Workshop: The TCG/American Express Leadership Boot Camp culminated at the National Conference with a final morning workshop held on June 21. Of the original 15 pairs of Emerging and Established Theatre Leaders, 23 leaders traveled to Boston to continue their leadership learning. Richard Walsh, Senior Faculty and Executive Coach from the Center for Creative [...]

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Theatre Facts 2011

by TCG News October 15, 2012 Tools & Research

Not-for-profit theatres contributed nearly $1.94 billion to the U.S. economy and attracted 34 million attendees, according to Theatre Facts 2011. Released by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Theatre Facts is the only in-depth report that examines the attendance, performance and overall fiscal state of the not-for-profit professional theatre industry. Theatre Facts 2011 is based on the [...]

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(re)Defining the Undesirable

by Julie Haverkate October 15, 2012 TCG Books
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TCG Books recently published Ping Chong’s Undesirable Elements: Real People, Real Lives, Real Theater. A community-specific theatre works series that examines the lives of those born into one culture but living in another, each Undesirable Elements production grows out of an extended residency, during which Ping Chong and his collaborators conduct interviews of community members [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: My America Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 15, 2012 Weekly Update
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Perhaps we’ll look back on the first half of the twenty-first century and see a revolution of process, with deeper collaborations among theatre artists leading to an explosion of innovation. Perhaps that revolution will get us closer to resolving the contradiction between, “the advance of theatre as an art form and the discovery of new [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Lanna Joffrey

by Marcy Arlin October 11, 2012 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) 1. How have you combined, in your work, your country’s culture? I have several countries/cities/states I identify/connect with: Iran, Albuquerque, London, Germany, Colorado, New York… Many places seep into us in various ways. And since my work as an actor and writer are [...]

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Manuel Pastor to Speak at Fall Forum

by Dafina McMillan October 10, 2012 Diversity & Inclusion
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The list of speakers on our growing Fall Forum agenda now includes Manuel Pastor, Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Pastor will provide an expert look at the shifting demographic and cultural currents in our country in the session, “The Changing Landscape and What It Means for Theatre.” An [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Rev or Ev Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 9, 2012 Audience & Community Engagement
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You say you got a real solution / Well, you know / We’d all love to see the plan. -“Revolution,” The Beatles It’s been over a year since Occupy Wall Street began, and nearly two since Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire and ignited the Arab Spring. While some movements continue to struggle against violence [...]

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White Space Update

by Laurie Baskin October 5, 2012 Advocacy

Registration Launched on East Coast for Geo-location Database News To provide interference protection for wireless microphones, the FCC has spent the last two years developing a national geo-location database in which, under certain circumstances, venues may register frequencies.  The database will then instruct any White Space device within 400 meters to refrain from operating on [...]

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New Media Digital Transmisson of Live Theater

by EddieSugarman October 4, 2012 Tech & the Arts
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When you bring up live transmission or streaming of live theater, you get pretty passionate responses. Live means live! Too expensive! The unions won’t go for it! There’s no demand! It’ll kill my “real” audience. It’s a gimmick! But it’s already here and happening, so it deserves a closer look. Quick story. My Dad loves [...]

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Co-founder of Freedom Theatre Zakaria Zubeidi Released

by TCG News October 3, 2012 Global Citizenship
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(Editor’s Note: This press release reached us with news of Zakaria Zubeidi’s release from his hunger strike in a Jericho prison. Zubeidi is the co-founder of The Freedom Theatre, and we shared news here on the Circle on his incarceration and subsequent hunger strike. Learn more about the situation through this American Theatre magazine article,  [...]

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We Are Theatre: Guerilla Girls on Tour at the Cherry Lane

by AmeliaParenteau October 3, 2012 Activism
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It had been a long time since I had walked into a roomful of strangers and felt such an immediate sense of camaraderie and kinship. That was exactly my reaction upon entering the West Village’s Cherry Lane Theatre, at 7:00 pm last Monday night for We Are Theatre: Guerilla Girls on Tour hosting “a theatrical [...]

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Seventh Round of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships

by TCG News October 3, 2012 Fox Fellowships
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The William & Eva Fox Foundation and TCG are pleased to announce the seventh round of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship recipients. The program is designed to support actors’ professional and artistic development, to enrich relationships between actors and nonprofit theatres and to ensure continued professional commitment to live theatre. Funded by the Fox Foundation [...]

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New Appointments to TCG’s Board of Directors

by TCG News October 3, 2012 Uncategorized

We are pleased to announce the new leadership of our board of directors, as well as  six new members! Lydia R. Diamond, playwright, and Diane Rodriguez, associate producer/director of new play production, Center Theatre Group, will assume the joint positions of vice president. They succeed James Bundy, artistic director, Yale Repertory Theatre and Rachel Kraft, [...]

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Blue Star Theatres Official Kick-Off

by Laurie Baskin October 2, 2012 Arts and the Armed Forces
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(Photo credit: Alissa Moore. Pictured:Mark Smith, executive director, Blue Star Families; Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG.) On Friday, September 28, a press conference was held at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, to launch the Blue Star Theatres program which recognizes the profound contributions of service families and seeks to build stronger connections between theatres, [...]

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“Raisin” Rises Again

by Rob Weinert-Kendt October 2, 2012 American Theatre magazine
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TCG’s annual Top 10 Most Produced Plays list is among the theatre season’s most anticipated, and most talked-about, barometers—though, as Gus Schulenburg pointed out recently, the conversation as much as the programming can get stuck in some familiar ruts. One list-inspired discussion that Gus’s story didn’t mention was the one begun by a Terry Teachout [...]

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